THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, THANKS EVERYONE!
Okay folks, the holidays are here, so it’s time for some cheer—and cheers! Yes, the boozy kind. I am so excited to announce I am hosting a two-martini lunch at the one and only BIX on Friday December 18th. Is there a better place for a swanky-retro holiday lunch? No, sir! No, ma’am! And this may be my last event before I leave for New York for six months, so I do hope you can come!
We are going to be hosting the event with San Francisco’s own SKYY Vodka. (Is there anything cuter than that SKYY Vodka Limited Edition Holidayy Sweater Bottle? I die.) For the gin martini purists, you can opt to have yours made with Bulldog London dry gin. I drank many vodka martinis at the long Bix bar when I moved to San Francisco in 1994, so I am happy to continue the tradition, especially with a vodka that got its start here in SF in 1992. Ah, the ’90s! Blurry memories.
We are also going to have some fantastic entertainment: the fabulous chanteuse Veronica Klaus will be entertaining us with some holiday tunes, while the captivating Tammy Hall will be tickling the ivories.
As for the menu, we’ll start with martini number one at the bar with some passed appetizers (including the famed potato pillows with crème fraîche and caviar, plus black truffle and caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwiches and Bix’s famous steak tartare). Chef Emmanuel Eng will ensure we have a great start to the festivities!
Then we’ll make our way upstairs for the sit-down portion of lunch and martini number two. You can choose from a butter lettuce salad with smoked trout or the soup of the day, and for the main course, there’s petrale sole dore with Bloomsdale spinach, chanterelle mushrooms, and beurre blanc; Bix chicken hash; or my favorite cloth napkin burger in the city, the Bix classic cheeseburger. Decisions, decisions.
Dessert includes your choice of vanilla crème brûlée, their famed warm chocolate brioche bread pudding (uh-huh), or the sorbet of the day. Coffee or tea are included, and some of you may need it more than others.
You are going to waddle and weave out of there—this is what happens in the Barbary Coast—so please don’t drive (or have any important afternoon meetings). And anyone drinking more than two martinis is responsible for purchasing any additional ones (and will be held responsible for their behavior, ha-ha!). Because remember, as Dorothy Parker said: “I like to have a martini, two at the very most—after three I’m under the table, after four, I’m under my host.” We’ll see about that.
When you buy your ticket, feel free to note if there are guests you want to sit with! We’re going to have tables of four to eight guests each and will be doing our best to seat friends and colleagues together—or you will make some new friends!
The reception at the bar will start at 12pm, with the seated lunch beginning at 12:30pm. Tickets for the entire fandango are $80, all-inclusive (two martinis, lunch, tax, and tip). As the fine folks at SKYY are saying: #LetsHolidayy (and follow the @SKYYVodka Twitter account for fun holiday recipes). See you in a few weeks!
The classic two-olive martini at the just as classic Bix. Photo: Kristen Loken.
Friday Dec 18, 2015 12pm–2:30pm $80, all inclusive Tickets Bix 56 Gold St., in the alley off Montgomery between Pacific and Jackson Streets